Nightly Opera Streams, November 2–8
A Two-Week Tour of Opera History, Part I
From Handel to Wagner
Over the course of two weeks, the Met’s Nightly Opera Streams take viewers on a tour through opera history, moving chronologically from the early 18th century to the present day. Explore the articles and resources below to orient yourself for the journey and dive deeper into the details of the history and the music. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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The lineup for this first week of our tour through opera history begins with Handel, the master of Baroque opera, and concludes 150 years later with Wagner’s monumental style of music drama, This tour guide will help you track the stylistic evolutions that can be observed along the way.
To learn more about the historical context and musical details of this week’s operas, read the below program notes for all seven productions.
From the Archives
Handel at the Met
While the company hadn’t presented an opera by Handel before 1984, in recent years, the composer’s works have appeared with increasing frequency on the Met stage.
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Met
The Greek Orpheus myth has served as a subject for a number of operatic adaptations, including Gluck’s elegant Orfeo ed Euridice, whose history at the Met stretches back to the company’s earliest seasons.
Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Met
After languishing in obscurity for some 200 years, Mozart’s early masterpiece finally assumed its rightful place in the repertory in the late 20th century, including at the Met, where it has enjoyed numerous successful runs with outstanding casts.
The Met’s First Semiramide
Arguably the most famous opera singer of her day, soprano Adelina Patti only gave 12 performances with the Met, including in the title role in the company premiere of Rossini’s Semiramide.
Verdi at the Met
The operas of Giuseppe Verdi have been performed around 5,700 times at the Metropolitan Opera, more than those of any other composer by a wide margin.
French Opera at the Met
Drawn from every era of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the modern day, a wide array of enthralling French works have appeared on the Met stage.
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Met
From an early vogue in the 1890s to a revival of popularity in recent decades, learn about the Met history of Gounod’s soaring Shakespeare adaptation.
A Return to Rodelinda
As she prepared to reprise her portrayal of the title heroine of Handel’s dramatic opera, soprano Renée Fleming explained why the composer continues to seize audiences’ imaginations.
Love Conquers All
Joyce DiDonato speaks with director and choreographer Mark Morris about his elegant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, in which a chorus of historic characters bears witness to the transformative power of love.
This Magic Moment
Mozart masterfully and simultaneously reveals the turbulent and conflicting emotions of his leading characters in this Act III quartet from Idomeneo.
Refreshing a Rarity
Learn how dozens of talented backstage wizards spent months refurbishing the sets and costumes of Semiramide before the opera returned to the Met stage in 2018.
Leontyne Price: A Legendary Met Career
Learn about one of the greatest voices in Met history—the legendary soprano Leontyne Price, who stars in this week’s stream of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, in a telecast from 1984.
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko has appeared in more Live in HD transmissions than any other principal artist. Watch highlights from a dozen of her roles, including this week’s stream of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
With a collaboration spanning 60 productions together—including 11 at the Met—few artists had a greater impact on the world of opera during the second half of the 20th century than director Otto Schenk and scenic designer Günther Schneider-Siemssen.
Wednesday, November 4
Starring Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra, Alice Coote, Matthew Polenzani, and Alan Opie, conducted by James Levine. From March 25, 2017.
Thursday, November 5
Starring Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From March 10, 2018.
Friday, November 6
Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
Starring Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci, and Bonaldo Giaiotti, conducted by James Levine. From March 24, 1984.
Saturday, November 7
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by Plácido Domingo. From December 15, 2007.
Sunday, November 8
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle, conducted by James Levine. From December 13, 2014.